Your Guide to Buying a Home Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis

Buying, Selling | May 12, 2020 | written by Corbin Chivers

Guide to buying a home or selling a home during a pandemic

Buying a property you can call home is an exciting journey for you and your family. However, it can also be a stressful experience, especially when you are trying to purchase a house during the coronavirus outbreak.


With all the options and factors available, looking for the home of your dreams on your own can be confusing and challenging. It is best to rely on top realtors in your area who are more than capable of helping you navigate throughout the entire home buying process. 


Here are some best practices to help you buy your ideal home in spite of the ongoing health crisis:



1. Conduct a thorough online research



Purchasing a new home right now may be more challenging, but with the assistance of top-ranking realtors, it is still possible. Discuss your needs, preferences, and specifications regarding your property with your real estate agent. The Call Corbin team offers many different viewing options with social distancing in mind. Contact us to understand your options.   


If you are worried about selling your home during COVID-19 check out our guide to selling your home in a down market.



2. Take virtual tours



With the power of technology, you can now view various properties in the comfort of your living room. This is made possible through virtual tours via online platforms, such as Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime. This way, you can walk through houses and explore their rooms without leaving your home.


The experience of viewing homes on online platforms can be different compared to seeing them in person, but doing this will provide you with a better picture of each property. This will guide you in seeing their potential, narrowing down your options, and determining the right home for you. You may also consider reading reviews or viewing photos and videos online to help you make informed decisions.


Check out some of our local listings here.



3. Take safety precautions during in-person home viewings



If you are interested in doing in-person viewing appointments, then make sure to take the proper safety precautions to minimize any risk. Don’t forget to protect yourself by wearing a face mask and gloves and bringing alcohol or hand sanitizer along with you.


Work with a licensed real estate agent who makes sure each viewing appointment is as safe as possible. Ask them to prepare the property by opening all doors, cabinets, and closets to avoid unnecessary contact, limiting show attendees to minimize in-person interactions, and other safety measures they can put in place.


A home inspection is still a good idea even during the pandemic. Here are a few reasons why the inspection is important enough you shouldn’t skip it.




When buying a home during COVID-19, make sure to take safety precautions to keep you and others safe. 


If you are looking for up to date information on available COVID-19 economic benefit payouts from the Government of Canada we have outlined all available options for you here.


Try to take all the necessary steps required in the home buying process online to observe social distancing. In case you need to view properties in person, ensure that you and your realtor work together to make the viewing appointment as safe as you can. Most importantly, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team to get all available viewing options for your home buying experience.


Whether you are looking for a new house or planning to sell your property, you can turn to a top realtor in Surrey. Contact us for more information.

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